See Our Impact
Reimagining Workplace Supports
At United Way, we believe that all work has value and that making ends meet shouldn’t mean choosing between paying the rent or putting food on the table for your family.
There are no good choices for ALICE workers when basic bills add up, but paychecks don’t. On a daily basis, ALICE faces the tradeoffs of going hungry to afford the monthly rent or tapping a well-meaning, but untrained neighbor to care for young children in order to go to work.
One car repair, a sick child or an aging parent’s health emergency and ALICE workers are facing potential job loss and financial ruin. United Way is working with individuals, businesses, and community stakeholders to facilitate practical solutions that eliminate the barriers keeping ALICE from achieving financial stability.
There is no silver bullet that will make the difference for all struggling families, which is why we are working across several platforms, including advancing ALICE-friendly public and corporate policies as well as providing concrete supports at work and in the home. This ranges from advocating for expanded public preschool to promoting flexible workplace schedules to equipping family caregivers with technology at home so they can continue to work and care for vulnerable loved ones.
Advancing ALICE-friendly workplace policies
Partnering with 200 business leaders from a cross section of industries, United Way is working to advance a slate of common-sense workplace policies that remove barriers to worker productivity and financial stability.
Advocating for public policy change
United Way is standing up for working families and fighting for governmental policies at the local, state, and federal levels that promote economic and racial equity.
Supporting family caregivers in the workplace
Equipping workers with easy-to-use technology, United Way is helping caregivers better care for their own mental, physical, and financial health by easing the stresses of juggling their paid jobs with their unpaid work as a caregiver to a loved one.
20 Preschoolers get books to boost literacy
12 ALICE families receive free tax prep and filing services
One month of preschool for an ALICE family
Home technology for 5 family caregivers to help better manage work and caregiving responsibilities
10 unemployed ALICE workers impacted by the pandemic receive emergency assistance to pay bills
We are giving kids the right start for school and life
Thanks go to the United Way of Northern New Jersey for their steadfast support and advocacy of preschool education in the entire region.
— Newton Superintendent of Schools G. Kennedy Greene, Ed.D.